Subway’s bid to expand into the convenience sector is progressing well, with a third co-branded Spar and Subway store having opened in Newport, South Wales, as part of its relationship with Blakemore Retail.

A further six co-branded stores at Blakemore Retail Spar sites across England and Wales are also set to open by the end of the year.

 “We are delighted to be working with Blakemore Retail across its retail sector,” Subway area development manager Trevor Haynes said.

“We are seeing a great deal of demand for Subway stores within convenience stores and on forecourts at the moment. Due to their simple operations and minimal space and equipment requirements, our stores are uniquely suited to non-traditional sites.”

Blakemore Retail managing director Geoff Hallam said the company was “constantly looking for innovative solutions” to develop its stores and meet evolving customer needs.

“This partnership will allow two strong brands to work together for mutual benefit and the introduction of a Subway store was a natural complement to our existing Spar convenience store offer,” he said.